John Schneider


John Schneider


Highly-experienced consultant with a strong track record of working collaboratively with Federal and State Agencies (including companies providing services to government agencies), Colleges and Universities, and community-based foundations and non-profit organizations. This involves a wide range of activities including business development, program management, business process reengineering, and organizational change management. Key competencies include strong planning and management leadership, mentoring and collaboration with cross-functional groups, effective facilitation, strong written and verbal communications, and the ability to function effectively across a wide range of organizational environments. Currently leading the corporate-wide operational planning and execution functions for ACT, Inc., to guide the transformation of all planning and business management processes into a standard business framework. Areas of specific focus have included Federal student assistance for postsecondary education, US Census, and Departments of Education, Commerce, Justice, Homeland Security, State, and Defense, the US Postal Service, and others. Served in a number of capacities for community-based organizations including a Community Foundation, interim executive director of an agency servicing the elderly populations, leading development of community grants evaluations, including disaster-relief funds in response to Iowa’s 2008 floods.


Iowa City, IA, USA

What draws you to the STIA conference?

Continuing to develop system thinking capabilities; networking with other system thinking practioners

What are you hoping to experience?

Sharing environment; insights into system thinking – adoption and evolution

What are you most passionate about?

Making sound decisions by understanding who and what should be considered. Driving to decision efficiency through systems thinking techniques.

How do you see transformation occurring from this conference?

Adoption of the techniques into my company's business practices.

What’s your bigger vision?

Focusing the all the right energies in education on education vs. overhead activities and distractions.

What needs to happen for you to evaluate this STIA+ experience as a success?

Experience, learn, adopt, improve – knowing how to make it happen.